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Murder on the Orient Express – 21st March 2018

Murder on the Orient Express - Film Night

Murder on the Orient Express

2017 – 114 min – Cert PG

Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe…and a host of others.

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phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

It’s 1934, the world’s most famous detective Hercule Poirot decides to have a break to read Dickens on the famous train, The Orient Express (Paris-Istanbul). The train gets stuck in an avalanche and, of course, there is a murder. Can Poirot solve the case and find the murderer before the train moves off again?

By now many of you may know the answer to who did it in Agatha Christie’s most famous whodunit, but that should not impair your enjoyment of this luscious latest version. Directed by, and starring, the multi-talented Kenneth Branagh who, it must be said, seems almost thwarted by his incredible moustache…sometimes more moustache than man. A stellar cast provides the suspects, and the spectacular revelation never ceases to amaze.

So, come and enjoy an evening of fun, mystery and superb service on The Orient Express.

John Crome

Click here to read up on Murder on the Orient Express on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th March

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Victoria and Abdul – 21st February 2018

Film Night - Victoria and AbdulVictoria and Abdul

2017 – 1hr 49 min – Cert PG

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon

“Dench is magnificent throughout” – The Independent 


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Dame Judy Dench as Queen Victoria (again): what more could Rockbourne film night’s regulars ask for? With all the ingredients for an exceptional evening out, Victoria and Abdul ticks all the boxes. Firstly, it is a true(ish) story of how the grumpy 69-year-old Queen fell for her Indian servant Abdul, in the face of opposition from her family and the government. The ‘Mother of the Empire’ nevertheless remained a staunch and intimate friend to the young clerk. Secondly, it is the latest film by Stephen Frears whose Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins were such successes for Rockbourne film night. Abdul is played by Ali Fazal, a major young star in Bollywood films, and there is a delightful cameo from Eddie Izzard as Bertie, the Prince of Wales.

Those with a historical perspective may think that much of the film is pure tosh – but will, despite that, thoroughly enjoy Dame Judy’s superb performance, and the optimistic nature of the film.                                 John Crome

Click here to read up on Victoria and Abdul on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th February

THIS FILM IS LIKELY TO BE A SELLOUT. No-shows or cancellations after last bookings time may be asked to pay for what they have booked.

Next film 23rd March: Murder on the Orient Express tbc

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My Cousin Rachel – 17th January 2018

My Cousin Rachel - Film NightMy Cousin Rachel

2017 – 1hr 41 min – Cert 12

Genres: Mystery, Drama

Directed by: Roger Mitchell

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger

“..a highly enjoyable mystery thriller..” The Guardian



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phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 best-seller has been filmed several times before, as well as having a long life as a stage play where it is a stalwart of the repertory and ‘amdram’ circuit. But director Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill), having the opportunity to cast the wonderful and gorgeous Rachel Weisz in the title role, proves that you can never have too much of a good yarn.

Set in 19th century Cornwall, a young Englishman Philip (Sam Claflin – Hunger Games) has recently inherited a large estate from his much-loved guardian and benefactor. He receives a visit from his late guardian’s mysterious, beautiful widow Rachel, played by Rachel Weisz. He becomes besotted and captivated by her despite the fact that the lovely young Louise (Holliday Grainger), daughter of the family lawyer, is in love with him. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself suspecting that Rachel murdered his guardian.

All the superb cast is British. As you would expect from a Daphne Du Maurier tale of mystery and suspense, the plot twists and turns, in a very satisfying way. ‘Did she, or didn’t she?’                                                      John Crome

Click here to read up on My Cousin Rachel on IMDb

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £12/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th January 2018

Next film 21st February: Victoria and Abdul

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Rockbourne Village Christmas Party 2017

Rockbourne Village Christmas Party 2017


Friday 15th December 2017

Rockbourne Village Hall


Winter Punch in the Gallery from 7:30pm

Dinner 8:00pm



Home Made Potted Shrimps

White wine: Chardonnay, Vin de France Dépagneux 2016

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Roast Gammon, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Petits Pois

Red wine: Terre de Mes Ancêtres Carcassonne 2016

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Two Layer Chocolate Mousse with Brandy Snap

Pudding wine: Club des Sommeliers Monbazillac 2015

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Cheddar Fingers, Clementines & Chocolates

☺Half bottle of wine per person included

☺ Tickets £20 + Extra wine at £12 / Bottle

Western Downlands residents and regular filmcomers welcome

First come first served – bookings after Tuesday 12th December may not be accepted

Book your place with our booking form only please, download it here

Their Finest – 15th November 2017

Their Finest - Film NightTheir Finest

2017 – 1hr 54 min – Cert 12A

Genres: Romantic comedy

Directed by: Lone Sherfig (An Education)

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E Grant



Bookings: email or 
phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

Having initially expected to show Dunkirk but then hearing indifferent reports of it, our November showing is this lovely film based on the same event.

Their Finest is a romantic comedy (no, don’t groan you chaps, even I very much enjoyed it!) about a wartime propaganda film set in 1939 mid-Blitz London and Devon, commissioned by the Ministry of Information not only to boost British morale which was at a very low ebb after Dunkirk, but also for consumption in the USA to encourage them to join in the war.

The government finds itself struggling to strike the right tone in its public information shorts, so the head of the Ministry’s film division (Richard E Grant) hires a young Welsh woman called Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton). Catrin thought she was interviewing for a secretarial job but found herself accepting an offer of a scipt-writing job to bring a much-needed feminine perspective to their scripts. “Obviously we can’t pay you as much as the chaps,” Grant says in a matter-of-fact manner during her interview – one of countless swipes at Catrin’s sex that pass without a flicker of dissent. Another comes on her first day in the office, when her tetchy but undeniably gifted new colleague Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) chirpily informs her that the women’s dialogue she’s been hired to write is known around the office as ‘the slop’.

The film bristles with accurate depictions of the gender gap which eventually led to the Equality Act and is in current focus in many ways including BBC R4 Today issues. The film is interspersed with black and white archive clips which include the famous British words “… feel better after a nice cup of tea” as consolation to a factory worker who has just heard that her husband is missing in action.

Gemma Arterton is superb as the Catrin Cole, and Bill Nighy acts somewhat away from his usual typecast characters as the dilapidated and disillusioned matinee star of yore, who still sees romantic lead material in the mirror, but is cast, to his horror, as a boozy old coot. Catrin’s shrewd but respectful handling of Nighy’s character (aptly named Ambrose Hilliard) is one of the plot’s funniest and most rewarding scenes. The excellent period settings and wardrobes add important authenticity which enhance our sense of participating in the making of the film within the film.

This film is not fast-moving, but that is its virtue. The love story, with its wooden, stilted and frustrated emotions, is a reminder of the repressive sexual politics of its day – rather like, in a very different way, the serious religious divide illustrated in the below-stairs love story of Viceroy’s House we showed in October.   DG

Click here to read up on the film on IMDb.

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 11th November

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

Next event: Rockbourne Christmas Party Fri 15th December, details later

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Viceroy’s House – 18th October 2017

Viceroys House Film NightViceroy’s House

2017 – 1hr 44min – Cert 12

Genres: Drama

Directed by: Gurinder Chadha

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri


Bookings: email or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“A gripping political drama with a populist edge” – The Guardian

The supposedly peaceful transfer of power from Britain to India took place in 1947, before the British-Indian director of Viceroy’s House, Chadha’s Sikh, was born. But the ensuing horrors of Partition engulfed her Sikh relatives, with one of her aunts, a mere child, being starved to death. The division of the country between religious factions is now known to have brought about the largest mass migration in human history, during which 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were displaced.

Chadha’s film stars Downton Abbey mainstay Hugh Bonneville who is very much on home ground as Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy appointed by George VI. Gillian Anderson as Edwina Mountbatten is an outspoken voice of conscience, nevertheless having ripe fun with an accent somewhere between HM and Mrs T declaring that her new home “makes Buckingham Palace look like a bungalow”. Cameo performances by Michael Gambon and Simon Callow add to the rich mix. Downstairs, Manish Dayal’s handsome Jeet pines for Huma Qureshi’s Aalia (“a Hindu boy like you and a Muslim girl!”), their putative romance becoming a symbolic microcosm of the divide-and-rule conflict playing out across the country. Upstairs, politicians and dignitaries argue about the fate of a nation, with Mountbatten portrayed as an increasingly powerless patsy, an unwitting pawn in this imperial game being played in London by Churchill and his ministers without Mountbatten’s knowledge.

The film has warm wit and occasionally boisterous charm, and its melodramatic contrivances turn out to be more rooted in fact than one might imagine. Together with a rich score and lush, lavish and arresting visuals, this is a handsome period drama which delights the senses, stimulates the mind and casts some revealing light on a seminal event in modern history. It is a ‘must’ for all those who have not seen it, and a worthwhile and sociable re-visit for those who have.

(John Crome is in recovery from surgery. This piece draws heavily on a review by Mark Kermode in The Guardian – DG)

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:30 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 15th October

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

Next film: 15th November: Their Finest, tbc

Save the Date: Friday 15th December Village Hall Christmas Party

La La Land – 20th September 2017

La La Land - Film Night

La La Land

2016 – 2hr 03 min – Cert 12A: infrequent strong language

Genres: Musical, Romance, Comedy

Directed by: Damien Chazell

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone


Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“A sun-drenched musical masterpiece” – The Guardian

Rockbourne Film Night offers you the treat of this delightful film to welcome you back after the summer break. La La Land is as light and frothy as the topping on the coffee that Emma Stone serves in the cafe in LA where she encounters the movie folk. Ryan Gosling (perhaps now the biggest star in Hollywood) plays jazz piano and struggles for an audience.

This romantic comedy, unusually, is adorned with music and dance. It’s true to say that Ryan Gosling is no Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, and Emma Stone, lovely as she is, can’t match Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, but they both do their best, which is all brilliant writer/director Damien Chazelle asks of them – and all we the captivated audience should expect. I watched this film with a wide grin which didn’t leave my face for hours after I had said goodbye to the bright colours and optimism of La La Land.

It won no fewer than 6 Oscars and 8 BAFTAs. And, of course, took squillions at the box office. But you can see it here for the usual £6. Treat yourselves – and ‘be happy’.     John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 17th September

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

Next film: 18th October: Viceroy’s House or Their Finest, tbd

Lion – 21st June 2017

Lion - Film NightLion

2016 – 1hr 55 min – Cert PG: scenes of emotional intensity, mild threat

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Garth Davies

Stars: Dev Patel, Rodney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman

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or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695





Collecting a whole handful of film awards, Lion is simply a gorgeous life-affirming movie which everybody should see.

Saroo aged five and his slightly older brother are on a train which fails to stop at the poor rural village where they live. His brother manages to jump off but Saroo does not, and is transported a thousand miles across India to Calcutta – a huge city where they even speak a different language. Little Saroo cannot remember the name of his village and is soon swept up in the life of a street kid, getting by and surviving with the help of other children. He is eventually rescued in a philanthropic move to ‘save’ street kids and is sent off to Tasmania, where he is lucky enough to be found by the prosperous Brierley family who adopt him, with Nicole Kidman as his foster mum. He grows up as a typical Aussie youth, but never quite forgets where he comes from. So, 25 years later, he goes in search of his family in India.

Sunny Pawar, a 7-year-old who was reportedly one of around 2,000 auditioned for the part, came from the slums of Mumbai, and gives an astonishing central performance as the young Saroo. Saroo’s persona in his twenties is taken over by Dev Patel, who won a BAFTA for his sympathetic performance.

The film is based on the written account by Saroo Brierley of his search. Although I defy you not to shed a tear at the conclusion of the film, it is surprisingly unsentimental and satisfying.                                                              John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 18th June

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

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Next film: 20th September, tbd – La La Land, Jackie or ?

Fantastic Beasts – 17th May 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - RVH Film NightFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

2016 – 2hr 10 min – Cert 12A: moderate threat

Genre: Fantasy, drama

Directed by: David Yates

Cast includes: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton


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or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

“JK Rowling’s spectacular feat of world-building” – The Telegraph (4*)
“JK Rowling goes steampunk …. a wonderfully enjoyable adventure” – The Guardian (5*)
“And now for something completely different…” – DG

Director David Yates and author JK Rowling turn the clock back 70 years from the adventures of Harry Potter to the time of Newt Scamander, the always reliable and very likeable Eddie Redmayne who, holding a mysterious leather suitcase, visits New York in the 1920s. It appears that it was Newt’s book about wizardry that inspired the young Harry at Hogwarts. Inside the case is a wild array of diverse magical creatures.

JK Rowling does not let us down with this latest fantastical story. The special effects, CGI (computer-generated images for those not in the know!) and creature animatronics are the best ever and you will be astonished and impressed. This is not entirely a children’s film, but director David Yates does ask us all to find our inner child and accept a world of wizards, magic, and phantasmagorical goings on. Frankly the plot is too complicated and daft to précis here, so give it up and relax in a ‘world of true imagination’.                                                                    John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 14th May

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

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Next films: tbd – Lion, Jackie or La La Land

A United Kingdom – 19th April 2017

A United Kingdom - Film NightA United Kingdom

2016 – 1hr 48 min – Cert 12A: racist language, moderate violence

Genre: Romance, drama

Directed by: Amma Asante


Cast includes: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Charlotte Hope


Bookings: email
or phone Lucy Matthews 01725 518695

A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947 Seretse Khama is the soon to be the chieftain of the largest tribe in the Protectorate of Bechuanaland which later became the Republic of Botswana. Khama was studying law in London when he met Ruth Williams, a Lloyds insurance clerk, at a dance. They had much in common and quickly fell in love, but their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families and the tribal chiefs, but also by the South African and British governments. For South Africa, in the process of introducing apartheid, the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country was intolerable. South Africa threatened the UK government: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African gold and uranium and face the threat that they might invade their neighbour. The British foreign office had a traditional horror of miscegenation: love had a virtually impossible task to ‘conquer all’. They nevertheless married in London in 1948, and Seretse Khama later became the first President of Botswana when it gained independence in 1966, when he was also knighted.

Believe it or not, this film is a gentle, very touching and inspiring romance, largely because of the superb creative team. Director Amma Asante, who made the charming Elle which was shown at a Rockbourne film night last year, has a sure touch when dealing with this potentially tricky subject Actors Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo are, as always, very strong and believable. Their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they inspired the world.

A ‘feel-good’ film of the highest quality.          John Crome

Doors open 7:00pm, Film 7:30 £6, Supper 9:45 £6, wine £11/bottle
Pay at the door, last bookings 1200 Sunday 16th April

Please note: if fully booked, no-shows may be charged for the film and supper

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Next film (tbc): Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them